One of the things that director Ray Griggs wanted me to do for the animation segments in his movie “I Want Your Money” was to add in some MAD style background gags. One of the gags was making fun of the fact that Obama has a pop culture celebrity image like that of no other president and is perceived as playing up to it. Thus I had some fun putting his face or head on recognizable pieces of famous art or awards. You can spot a couple of them in this picture, including CG versions of some of the ideas I suggested in that vein like an Obama/Oscar award, Obama on the Heisman Trophy and a Superman/Obama figure:
These images I whipped up super fast for the animators to add into the Oval Office environment… .
I had very limited time to do these, so I was not able to match the look of the different techniques more than perfunctorily. My favorite is the Picasso “Old Man with Guitar” send up. Sharp eyed MAD fans might notice a few of these made it into the background of one of the panels of “The Wizard of O” in MAD #505 along with an Obama/David statue and the Obama/Caesar bust to illustrate the same gag.
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